90-year-old Lake Station woman dies after fire at her home

2012-08-02T21:15:00Z 2012-08-02T22:34:04Z 90-year-old Lake Station woman dies after fire at her homeBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
August 02, 2012 9:15 pm  • 

LAKE STATION | A 90-year-old Lake Station woman died Wednesday afternoon following a fire at her home, officials said.

Edna Ripperdan, of the 3300 block of Arizona Street, was pronounced dead at 2:19 p.m. at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, according to the Lake County coroner's office. A news release from the coroner's office said Ripperdan suffered smoke inhalation.

A ruling on Ripperdan's cause of death is pending, the coroner's office said.

Lake Station police were dispatched at 1:40 p.m. to the 3300 block of Arizona Street for a house fire with a person inside, police detective Brian Williams said.

Officers Ronald Potrebric, Kate Dudlak and Glenn Gulley entered the house and found Ripperdan.

Lake Station Fire and EMS assisted in removing Ripperdan, Williams said.

Ripperdan was found in the south bedroom of the house.

The fire appeared to have started in the kitchen area and is being investigated by the Indiana State Fire Marshal's office, Williams said.

No foul play was suspected at the time of the incident.

All three police officers were taken to St. Mary Medical Center where they were tested and treated for smoke inhalation.

All three officers were released a short time later.

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